The 1620s House and Garden at Donington le Heath

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The 1620s House and Garden at Donington le Heath

This rare and beautiful house is a surviving example of a family home which was built in the 13th century and then modernised in the 17th Century, one of the oldest houses in Leicestershire. Schools groups can immerse themselves in the Tudor and 17th Century stories and walk back in time with character-led activity. Pupils can learn about the Digbys who owned the house, specifically Sir Everard Digby, who was hung, drawn and quartered for his part in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 – an event beyond living memory which is of national and global significance. A perfect local history study, the character-led sessions extend the pupils’ understanding and knowledge on other themes too, such as everyday working life and traditional tales. Lastly, and most importantly, all of the objects can be handled, which creates a unique experience for all involved.

Select one of the education sessions and travel in time. Come face to face with some stunning objects, living history interpreters in costume and our inspirational workshop spaces including a maze and beautiful gardens. Learn about upstairs-downstairs life; play the musical instruments, dress up and have fun with the games. And learn about one of the gunpowder plotters, Sir Everard Digby, whose family owned the house for over two hundred years.



Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, On Site Parking


Coach Parties Welcome, Conference Facilities, Groups Welcome, Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,


Cafe, Picnic Site, Toilets,


Only the gardens and ground floor of the House are accessible for wheelchair users. Photographic information about the upper floor is available.





01455 290429

Opening Hours

Please see website for details


Please see website for details


Manor Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 2FW

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